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The Beginnings of Camp Hemo

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Until recently for many children with renal disease, attending a summer camp was not an option. The emotional, physical, and financial burden of dialysis treatments extinguished their hopes for a childhood "camp experience". However, that was until the idea of Camp Hemo was born in the mind of a hemodialysis patient in 2012. Jenny Tudisco, the Children’s Harbor licensed professional counselor serving the nephrology patients, tells the story and details of how Camp Hemo began.

“We came up with Camp Hemo after Omari Chatman, one of the children on dialysis, came to me one day and said ‘I wish we had our own camp’ after he heard about the children with transplants going to Camp Bridges. Camp Hemo is a week-long camp where we do different activities in the Birmingham area since they are not able to go to a camp where they spend the night because they have to be able to receive dialysis. Children who are on dialysis miss a lot of school and often do not get to do fun things, like spend the night with friends or stay up past 8p.m., because they have to be on dialysis machines. This camp gives our children on dialysis the opportunity to interact with other children who are also on dialysis to work on improving their social skills, talk about their feelings about dialysis, and improve their nutritional decisions when out to eat.”

Camp Hemo is during July every year. Past destinations that Camp Hemo campers have visited:

Birmingham Zoo

Treetop Adventures

Bowling Alley

I Jump Trampoline Park

Boutwell Recording Studio

Do It Yourself Crafts

Carmike Movie Theater

McWane Science Center

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